Anna Piaggi

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Anna Maria Piaggi
Anna Piaggi2.jpg
Born(1931-03-22)22 March 1931
Milan, Italy
Died7 August 2012(2012-08-07) (aged 81)
Milan, Italy
Occupationtranslator, fashion writer
SpouseAlfa Castaldi

Anna Maria Piaggi (22 March 1931 – 7 August 2012) was an Italian fashion writer and style icon. She was known for her bright blue hair, liberal use of make-up, and her sense of style that mixed vintage and contemporary fashion.[1]


Piaggi was born in Milan on 22 March 1931.[2] She worked as a translator for an Italian publishing company Mondadori, then wrote for fashion magazines such as the Italian edition of Vogue and, in the 1980s, the avant-garde magazine Vanity. From 1988 she designed double page spreads in the Italian Vogue, where her artistic flair was given free expression in a montage of images and text, with layout by Luca Stoppini.[3] These networks of images and ideas built upon Piaggi's awareness of fashion and art history to provide an open-ended attempt at understanding fashion designers' influences.[1]

She used a bright red Olivetti "Valentina" manual typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1969.[4] She dressed in an exuberant, unique and eclectic way.

Piaggi appeared in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York about The New York Times fashion and social photographer Bill Cunningham.[5]

Her work and life is celebrated by her nephew Stefano Piaggi,[6] president of the Associazione Culturale Anna Piaggi, who also promotes the film Anna Piaggi: Una Visionaria della Moda, directed by Alina Marazzi.

Personal life[edit]

Piaggi married the photographer Alfa Castaldi in 1962 in New York. Castaldi died in 1995.[7] Piaggi died in Milan on 7 August 2012.[8][9]


  • Piaggi, Anna and Karl Lagerfeld. Karl Lagerfeld: A Fashion Journal. Thames and Hudson, 1986. ISBN 0-500-01395-0.
  • Lagerfeld, Karl. Lagerfeld's Sketchbook: Karl Lagerfeld's Illustrated Fashion Journal of Anna Piaggi. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988. ISBN 1-55584-019-1.
  • Piaggi, A. Africa di Missoni per Italia 90, Anna Piaggi and Gianni Brera. Edizioni Electa, 1990. ISBN 88-435-3410-6.
  • Piaggi, A. Anna Piaggi's Fashion Algebra, Anna Piaggi. Thames and Hudson, 1998. ISBN 0-500-01876-6.
  • Piaggi, A. Doppie pagine di Anna Piaggi in Vogue. Leonardo Arte, 1998. ISBN 88-7813-883-5.
  • Piaggi, A., Wintour, Anna, Michael Roberts, André Leon Talley, and Manolo Blahnik. Manolo Blahnik Drawings. Thames and Hudson, 2003. ISBN 0-500-28413-X.
  • Clark, Judith (editor). Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology. Victoria and Albert Museum, 2006. ISBN 0-9552335-0-X/ISBN 978-0-9552335-0-0.


  1. ^ a b Pass, Victoria Rose (2015). Anna Piaggi. London: Bloomsbury. doi:10.5040/9781474260428-fpa174.
  2. ^ Diana Formaggio, Francesco Marraro (1987). Il "chi è" del giornalismo italiano: repertorio ragionato ad uso degli uffici stampa. Roma: Al. Ver. editrice. Accessed May 2014.
  3. ^ "Anna Piaggi - The Exhibition". Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2014-05-22.. Victoria and Albert Museum. Archived 11 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Anna Piaggi: Fashion-ology; 2 February 2006 – 23 April 2006". Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-05-28.. Victoria and Albert Museum. Archived 30 June 2007.
  5. ^ Whitwort, Melissa (1 February 2012). "'Bill Cunningham New York', gets UK cinema release". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Anna Piaggi: the fashion legend | a special workshop with Stefano Piaggi". Polimoda. 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  7. ^ Cunningham, Bill (27 March 1994). "ON THE STREET; Apart From the Crowd". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  8. ^ Bergin, Olivia (7 August 2012). "Fashion world mourns death of fashion writer Anna Piaggi". London: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  9. ^ Stuever, Hank (9 August 2012). "Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, 81, was known for her unique style of clothing". The Washington Post.